Product Review: Makeup Remover Wipes

Posted on: October 29, 2012
Product Review: Makeup Remover Wipes

Several years ago I switched from using regular makeup remover to using makeup remover wipes. I loved the fact that after a long day I could grab a wipe and clean off all of my makeup without using a million cotton rounds. At the time, I picked up the cheapest name brand product and stuck with it, generally happy with the way it worked. Recently, I decided that I wanted to try several others to make sure I was using the one that worked best. I found a product I liked better and I’m sticking with it. I wanted to share my opinions with you to help you navigate the pros and cons of the various wipes on the market.

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{Neutrogena | Aveeno | Up & Up | Ponds}

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – $6.49 for 25 Wipes

These wipes work very well to remove makeup so they definitely do their job. That being said, they have a chemical smell to them (must be their patented formula that they talk about on the package) and they leave my face feeling a little oily afterwards. I always have to wash my face with a cleanser after using them to remove the oil. I was expecting to like these wipes the best (because Neutrogena is such a reputable brand) but I’ve found some others that work better for me.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes – $6.49 for 25 Wipes

These are the absolute best makeup remover wipes! Smell great, not at all oily, and take off all of my makeup using just one wipe…even my waterproof mascara. Of all the wipes on the market, these are the only ones that have a plastic opening which snaps shut. They always stay fresh and you can throw them into your bag when traveling and never have to worry about them leaking. The only downside is the price but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make because the quality is unmatched.

Up & Up (Target) Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – $3.84 for 30 Wipes

I really love Target’s products which is why I decided to give these wipes a try. Big mistake. They burned my eyes so bad that I couldn’t even pay attention to whether or not they did their job of removing my makeup. I immediately had to flush my eyes out with water and I threw the entire package away. I don’t think my eyes are super sensitive and they got decent reviews online so I’m just really confused by this product. I’m also too scared to give these wipes a second chance. Anyone have better results with these?

Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes – $4.69 for 30 Wipes

These are the wipes I started using first. They smell good and the texture of the actual wipe is comfortable on the face (kind of quilted in a way). They are less expensive and come with more wipes than the other name brands and they work well in removing makeup. My complaints are: the adhesive flap doesn’t stay sticky so the package stays open after a while. Also, these towelettes are super saturated and sometimes I have to wring them out before using them, especially the ones that sit on the bottom of the package. Also, I use water proof mascara and these wipes get most, but not all of it off. Overall, great value and I would recommend them if you are looking for something a little less expensive than the Aveeno wipes.

Do you love another brand of makeup remover wipes that you would recommend? Please share!

XO, Louisa

Note: I purchased and used all of these products on my own. This is my own opinionĀ and I am not paid to promote any of these brands. Prices may vary by store.

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  1. I just use Neutrogena foaming face wash to wash my entire face and remove my make-up. I have never used wipes because my face wash could do the entire job. I guess they are handy for the gym, when you may want to remove the make up on your skin but not the eyeliner / mascara part.

  2. These are great reviews. I, too, made the switch to wipes a few months back. I bought the Burt’s Bees brand this last time and really like them. They have the plastic snap top, were less expensive than other name brands and had 30 wipes in the pack. They seem to do a pretty good job of removing all mascara(although I don’t wear water-proof). You may fancy trying them out next!

    • Oooh I think I will try them! I will have to look out for them at the store, I didn’t see them. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Neutrogena pink grapefruit wipes burn my eyes. Love the smell, but not enough for eyes to burn every time I use them.

    • The Pink Grapefruit ones are supposed to be used only on your face. They have salicylic acid in them, I’m pretty sure. I used them once and when they burned I looked at the package and I realized that they weren’t for taking off your make up but more of a “last step” in wiping your face.

  4. You will have to try Walmart Equate brand Facial Cleansing Towelettes. They are the knock off to Ponds Clean Sweep. They are $5.49 for a 2 pack bundle of 60 wipes each (120 wipes). Takes off all your make up w one wipe, good smell and you get that clean feel to your skin. Been using them for 4 years now. LOVE THEM. Thanks for your post:)

  5. I just started using Burts Bees sensitive wipes. Awesome, Clean well, smell nice and they have a snap closure. They are around $6 for 30 wipes. I did a blog review on them last week.
    Thanks for your review on these, i will now have to also try the aveeno ones!

  6. I love the Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes with white tea extract. It comes with 30, they smell great, and they’re 99% all natural

  7. I really recommend the Noxema wipes and the Yes to Cucumber (Yes to Carrots brand) ones. So far, they are the best IMHO. I used to buy the Ponds and was reasonably happy with them. I never liked the film the Neutrogena wipes left behind.

  8. I love these reviews! I’m an avid user of make up wipes, I truly believe they almost work better than many lotion based make up removers. One I would recommend is the Avon wipes, their are about 30 wipes and run between $6-$7 and work great!

    Xx KL

  9. The target brand in the pink package don’t burn my eyes! But the best budget friendly ones I have found come from Costco and are only 11 cents each!

  10. I use the burts bees wipes, the ones with the white tea extract (not the sensitive ones with cotton extract- made that mistake once…they smell AWFUL!). They’re the best! I actually take off my makeup, clean my face, and moisturize every night because of them. I try to find them online and order a few packages, because they can be pricey in Manhattan. My husband started using them and loves them as well, which is good for me because then there’s no mess after he washes his face the normal way!

    • I’ll have to give those a try! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I would also suggest trying Olay wipes, they really have improved their line over the years. Here are two options. Options #1:
    Option #2 (these are great for the gym):

    They offer normal and sensitive skin versions for both of these products!

    • Thanks! We will give them a try. I’m always looking to try new products :)

  12. I, too, have tried a handful of makeup-removing wipes and have discovered a few things: the Neutrogena ones definitely leave a film, but I find that it moisturizes my face as I sleep. My favorites are the Simple brand Cleansing Facial Wipes. One swipe is all it takes and they leave your face feeling super fresh. I’ve also tried the Forever 21 rose water extract wipes. Not the best, but they do the trick. They left my face feeling a little dry. Thanks for the recommendations!

    La Petite Gigi

    • Welcome! I’ll have to try your favorite to see how I like it!

  13. I just bought some of the Bert bees wipes for sensitive skin & I am very pleased. They are very lightly scented, the cloth is soft, & they get my makeup off without making my face feel oily. This is the only wipe I will use from now on, after trying a good variety of what’s offered ..30 to a pack is nice too

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